Political parties in Jammu and Kashmir Monday condemned the killing of a police officer and a PDP activist by militants in separate incidents in the Valley on Sunday.
Imtiyaz Ahmed Mir, a 30-year-old Jammu and Kashmir Police sub-inspector posted in the CID department, was gunned down by terrorists in the militancy-infested Pulwama district of South Kashmir when he was on his way home to meet his elderly parents.
Later, militants shot dead a PDP worker – Mohammad Amin Dar (40) near his residence in Gangbugh area of Tengpora in the city outskirts here.
Condemning the killings, former chief minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti expressed concern over violence “becoming rampant” in the valley.
“Again a young budding SI Imtiyaz Mir & Mohd Amin Dar, a political activist fell prey to the cycle of violence. Condemning these acts of violence & conveying my heartfelt condolences to families of Mohd Amin Dar- our party activist and Sub Inspector Imtiyaz Mir of @JmuKmrPolice,” Mehbooba wrote on Twitter.
Later, in a statement, she hailed Dar’s services for the party. “The deceased was working earnestly for the upliftment of the downtrodden of this area and his death has come as a shock for the entire party,” she said.
National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah and vice-president Omar Abdullah expressed profound grief over the brutal killing of the PDP activist and the police officer.
Strongly condemning the brutal killings, the father-son duo expressed solidarity with the victims’ families and prayed for peace to the departed souls, a NC spokesman said.
Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) also strongly condemned the killings and conveyed deepest condolences to bereaved families.
In a statement, JKPCC described the killings as shameful and cowardly.
“The killings, in any form, must be condemned by every section of the society,” the JKPCC said in a statement, demanding stern punishment for those behind the killings.
The NC spokesperson said senior leaders including party General Secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar, provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani, party leaders and legislators have also expressed profound grief and sorrow over the killings and prayed for peace to the departed souls.
The spokesman said Wani visited Dar’s residence at Gangbugh here and offered heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and also offered prayers for the departed soul.